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How to update Issue from Python script using REST api


I would like to be able to update an issue in Jira from a Python script using the REST api. I have the following piece of code, which enables me to extract the information of an existing issue, which works perfect:

import urllib2
import urllib
import cookielib
import json

serverURL = ''
# Get the authentication cookie using the REST API
cj = cookielib.CookieJar()
opener = urllib2.build_opener(urllib2.HTTPCookieProcessor(cj))
authURL = serverURL + '/rest/auth/latest/session'
creds = {'username' : jirauser, 'password' : passwd}
req = urllib2.Request(authURL)
req.add_header("Content-type", "application/json")
req.add_header("Accept", "application/json")
fp =

queryURL = serverURL + '/rest/api/latest/issue/SANDBOX-150'
req = urllib2.Request(queryURL)
req.add_header("Content-type", "application/json")
req.add_header("Accept", "application/json")
fp =
data = json.load(fp)

I would like to extend this to be able to update the same issue, and I have the following piece of code:

queryURL = serverURL + '/rest/api/latest/issue/SANDBOX-150'

issueUpdate =  {
    'update': {
        'comment': [
                'add': {
                    'body': 'this is a comment'
req = urllib2.Request(queryURL)
req.add_header("Content-type", "application/json")
req.add_header("Accept", "application/json")
fp =

When I try to execute the code, I get the following error message:

File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/", line 397, in open

response = meth(req, response)

File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/", line 510, in http_response

'http', request, response, code, msg, hdrs)

File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/", line 435, in error

return self._call_chain(*args)

File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/", line 369, in _call_chain

result = func(*args)

File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/", line 518, in http_error_default

raise HTTPError(req.get_full_url(), code, msg, hdrs, fp)

urllib2.HTTPError: HTTP Error 405: Method Not Allowed

and the error points back to "fp =" in my code.

I have tried to search the web to see if I could find out a solution but without luck. Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?
Thanks and regards

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Caveat: I didn't spend all that much time staring at things.

My thought is that is doing a GET rather than a POST, though I just looked at the impl of urllib and it says it does POST if you give a data thing to it... so I'm not sure.

Thoughts: Someone implemented a easy peesy(sp?) thing for doing all things rest against JIRA. It's actaully pretty sweet.

Also, I hated trying to use urllib. Requests made my life easier.

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